One of the primary responsibilities of any day care center is to keep kids safe and sound until their parents return. That's why successful facilities focus on eliminating as many risks from their facility as possible to protect young children. One overlooked danger that can impact kids at any day care facility is scalds and burns from tap water. In fact, the Burn Foundation noted that scalds are the number one injury for children under the age of 4 and that burn wounds from hot tap water can occur in just a few seconds.
"Burn wounds from hot tap water can occur in just a few seconds."
The severity of these risks should be a cause for alarm to administrations that have yet to assess the potential for scalding incidents on their campus. Thankfully, a simple upgrade to your facility can address this problem from the source. Installing a high-performance tankless water heater will ensure that your day care center's tap water is always flowing at a safe, cost-efficient temperature. Read on to learn more about the key benefits that going tankless can bring to your child care center.
Kids are less likely to burn themselves when standby loss is eliminated
One way that kids can be put at risk when using a sink is actually a direct result of operating a traditional, reservoir water heater. It takes time for hot water to travel from a centrally located water tank to the point of use where a kid is waiting to wash his or her hands. It's easy for children to misjudge the temperature of a stream of tap water, even more so when hot water takes several seconds to travel from the water heater to child's waiting hands. Tankless models, on the other hand, heat on demand, delivering a safe temperature to the center's bathroom and kitchen sinks as soon as the faucet is turned.
In addition to helping protect the delicate skin of younger kids, going tankless offers efficiency benefits for your day car center. Standby loss, the volume of water going down the drain as kids wait for water to reach a warmer temperature, adds up overtime and contributes to a significant percent of your facility's monthly water waste. Installing compact tankless water heaters near points of water use in your building will help bring down water costs by solving that waste problem.
Going tankless ensures the facility has a cost-effective source of safe hot water
The Mayo Clinic emphasized that controlling water temperature in your building is an important step in making sure kids are safe from scalding tap water. This is just another reason to consider the benefits of upgrading your water heating system – high-performance tankless models are designed with built-in heat controls that can limit the maximum temperature of the hot water delivered to point of use. This feature guarantees that kids will never be exposed to water at dangerous temperatures. These heat controls are built into the water heater itself, keeping the process free of user error and routine maintenance.
Investing in modern technology helps to free up floor space
Another advantage to going tankless is the opportunity to remove a bulky, maintenance-prone water heater from your facility. Doing so could provide a bit of extra storage space for your day care center. Tankless water heaters are compact enough to be installed on the walls of your facility. Replacing your standard model with a tankless option will also prevent any scenario where a student might gain access to the storage space and receive an injury from the water heater tank.